Doing Detox Diets The Right Way and How They Help

by Jenn

Does it feel every time you turn around someone is talking about detox diets? There seems to be a trend around detoxes and with good reason. Detox diets (or cleanses) can be a great way to give your body an extra boost this year—if done right.

Because detoxes are so popular right now, you may feel yourself hesitant to jump into doing one. As you decide if a detox or cleanse is right for you, take some time to understand what exactly a detox is, the benefits associated, and how to best practice doing a detox for you that is safe.

The Low-Down on Detoxes

Our bodies are amazing and can do a lot of cool things. One aspect, our bodies have the ability to neutralize and eliminate toxins, removing waste and other toxins which enter through food and environment. A detox (or cleanse) aids in minimizing those toxins from entering the body, through being more selective of what we’re eating (or not eating), and provides the body with key vitamins and antioxidants for improved health.

When considering which detox best fits you—and there are a lot of them out there—pick one that is high in fiber and water to flush your system out. This will assist with cleansing the kidneys, intestine and lymphatic systems to keep them working at their highest level.

Before you begin a detox diet or cleanse, always consult with your doctor, nutritionist, or health professional.

Detox Benefits

No matter how careful you are, chemicals can still be ingested into the body through our food, what we drink, and even environmental influences can enter into our bodies. In addition, if your body lacks the essential nutrients, toxins can build up in your cells and tissues which can open you up to more serious health issues.

A detox, when done correctly, allows you to hit the reset button and gives your body a chance for a fresh start. Keep in mind, as you begin your detox, that this is a chance to help your body recover from the harmful toxins. Once the detox is complete (they should never last longer than 10 days), take some time to review your eating habits and see where you can make adjustments for healthier options.

Setting Up Your Own Detox—Safely

Because we’re all unique, there are some things that will and won’t work for us. However, there are all kinds of detoxes available, you have many options to choose from. Some detoxes promote fasting or a liquid diet, while others focus more on organic, whole foods. While researching the various detoxes out there, here are some things to keep in mind.

  • Liquid Diets. This type of detox is good for helping your body restore itself by eliminating solid foods. If you choose to do a liquid fast, limit it to just a weekend and for no longer. Also, while you’re abstaining from food, you’ll still want to ensure your body is receiving the nutrients it needs. Supplement water with a pure, organic fruit juice (available in most health stores), miso soup, or make your own lemon water (Master Cleanse) concoction. Most people use cayenne pepper in the powder form, but, personally, I’ve found the drops (2-3 drops) to be a better choice.
  • Fruits and Vegetables. If you decide to go for a more organic, whole food detox, include some dried fruit and green vegetables (such as broccoli and kale) to aid in the process. By choosing foods high in fiber, you’ll be able to better support your body to eliminate waste and restore itself.
  • Seeds and Nuts. Help keep your rumbling stomach at bay by keeping some raw, unsalted nuts (check out these nuts that are good for you). Plus, nuts are a great source of protein.
  • Remember, when doing a detox, you’ll want to avoid any strenuous exercise program. However, a more low-impact exercise such as tai chi, yoga, or a simple walk around your neighborhood can assist in your healthier lifestyle.

If you’re looking to lose weight, a detox diet should never be looked upon as a one stop solution. Instead, view the detox diet as a fresh start for making better, healthier choices that will support your weight loss goals. Your doctor or health professional can also provide you with fitness and other health tips, so it’s important to consult with them when beginning any new program.

About the Author: Brooke Cade is passionate about health and wellness. She enjoys writing about all the things she loves in life, including yoga, hydrotherapy, Nature’s Sunshine products, and anything related to living life to its fullest.

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